All-star games are meant to be fun for the players and entertaining for crowds. After a high school basketball season that saw plenty of local teams reach the state tournament, Saturday’s Via All-Star Basketball Classic was a refreshing ending for many senior players’ careers.
Dan Wessner is about to embark on his second season in charge of the Emmaus boys and girls track and field teams. He’ll be doing so, however, without a number of key distance runners who had become the face of the Hornets’ track and field program in recent years.
The list of Hornet boys that Wessner lost to graduation includes Ryan Paradise, Greg Jaindl and Jake Feiertag, all of whom are running in college. Those three, along with Kyle Kleinberg, guided Emmaus to a silver medal at districts in the 4x800 relay.
Emmaus finishing in the top five at states this season wasn’t necessarily a surprise; it’s the fourth straight year, all under head coach Peter Chromiak, that the Hornet rifle team has finished in the top five.
But placing second as a team might have been a bit unexpected as that was the their top finish in over a decade.
Emmaus secured silver with a team score of 973, only behind champion Woodland Hills, which scored a 978.
Meredith Sylvia, now a senior at Central Catholic High School, remembers when she committed to continue her gymnastics career at Auburn University. She was just entering her freshman year of high school.
So, after much anticipation and years of excitement, the time of her competing at the collegiate level is only months away. But before she leaves the confines of the Lehigh Valley for the Southeast, there is some unfinished business for Sylvia.
Taylor Lawson has goals that only very few gymnasts could fathom coming true. Currently a senior at Bridgeway Academy, the gymnast has hopes of not only reaching nationals in her final season, but also coming out on top.
It looks like she may be on her way to that level.
Lawson has put together a successful season thus far, which included a fourth-place finish in the all around at the 43rd Annual Parkettes Invitational at the end of January. She also placed first in her age division in the all around at a competition in Philadelphia shortly later.
Just about everything was on Reed Custer’s side a couple of months ago. The Emmaus senior was 15-2 on the mat and was arguably wrestling the best of his career as the New Year hit.
But then a meniscus injury in mid-January, the same injury that forced him to miss districts last year, cost him the rest of the regular season. Custer, however, made his return to the mat for this weekend’s District 11 Class 3A Wrestling Championships and made it a memorable one.
The current week is a big one for the Emmaus rifle team. After its “toughest match of the season,” according to coach Peter Chromiak, which came at the beginning of the week against East Stroudsburg South, a number of Hornets sought to qualify for the individual state championships on Tuesday.
It’s been an eventful February for Emmaus so far, one that capped off a successful regular season on the range. But the Green Hornets have become accustomed to that rich tradition over the years.
Emmaus sent out one of its best wrestlers to start the District 11 team duals on Thursday at Liberty High School. And while Tyler Corpora was able to earn a decision victory at 145 pounds to open the Hornets’ match against No. 7 seed Easton, the remainder of the evening wasn’t nearly as successful.
The Red Rovers won 10 of the 14 bouts, including five wins by fall, to defeat No. 10 Emmaus 44-15 last week and advance to the District 11 Class 3A semifinals.
Everything was on the line for Joey Barno and the Emmaus wrestling team when the Hornet junior took the mat. East Stroudsburg South had picked up two straight falls to get within 32-30 with one bout remaining.
There was certainly pressure, but Barno wasn’t deterred under a win-or-go-home situation.
Barno secured a hard-fought 6-2 decision over Dan Opong-Duah to solidify a 35-30 victory for Emmaus over East Stroudsburg South on Saturday afternoon at Shawnee Middle School. The win placed the Hornets ninth in the league at the EPC Wrestling Championships.
The best thing that Emmaus could have asked for following last week’s deflating loss to Parkland was a chance to get back on the basketball court. It may have taken three days, but the Hornets were able to erase their minds of that 76-63 defeat to their rivals on Emmaus’ home court.
Emmaus (12-2 overall; 9-1 in EPC) got back on the winning track with a 62-44 victory at Pleasant Valley (5-9; 2-9) on Friday night. David Kachelries’ game-high 34 points helped pace the Hornets from the opening tip.